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Ian Lennie's topical and practical text relates everyday management practice to contemporary management theories. This book discusses the impact of postmodern and constructionist thought on the traditional framework for understanding the behaviour of managers. By examining the importance of language, aesthetics, ethics and the individual psyche, this innovative book gives management students a new framework for understanding and applying management techniques in a complex environment. This book will give students a sense of the practical relevance of contemporary theory and will offer managers a radically different way of perceiving thier enterprise ad evaluating iots effectiveness.


Managing is a part of the fabric of everyday life: we manage, or fail to manage, our family, our finances, our career, our exams, our next dinner party. In one way or another managing is something everyone is expected to accomplish. It is a competence of living. Management, however, is a profession, the province of an elite group of people with increasingly specialized training. What is it, then, that we do when we manage, and how does the managing we do in everyday life relate to professional management? These are the questions I shall be exploring in the following pages, questions which will address recognizably conventional management issues, as well as issues of language, organization, and the nature of experience.

I use the term ‘managing’ ...

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